Before the KC Royals season started it was expected that Salvador Perez would struggle out the gate with his timing at the plate as he was coming back from injury. So far this season Perez has slugged the ball at a slash line of 307/.326/.511 .with an OPS of .837.
The reason that Salvy is slugging this well is that he is demolishing the baseball with 33 hard-hit balls, balls with an exit velo of 95+ MPH, which is sixth in the league. This version of Salvy is one that hits for more contact while bringing the power he always hits for.
This season Perez has had a 10 game hit streak and has hit in 17 out of 22 games played. Along with him getting hits, he has also had a max exit velo of 100 MPH in 14 games. With all of this information, this means that Salvy has hit the ball hard and has hit for more contact.
All of these statistics are nice, but there are some things Salvy has not done well. For one, he rarely walks compared to previous seasons and he isn’t hitting as many home runs as you would expect with these stats, but I might be nitpicking.
This season has started fantastically for Salvy and he should continue to be the second-best bat for this year. Moreover, this last spot goes to a trio of relievers who may have a chance to become another three-headed dragon.